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Patricia Wu & Javier Benson-Glanz

May 12, 2012 | Waldorf Astoria Chicago

The bride and groom posed for this pic in the Waldorf Astoria lobby. Patti looked lovely in a frothy Vera Wang gown and a diamond necklace she borrowed from her sister Anita.

Patti made her own bouquet from hand-carved flowers. The sparkle came courtesy of heirloom family brooches.

The reception in the Waldorf Astoria ballroom.

Hamachi crudo with cilantro and lime.

The couple’s red velvet cake with vanilla buttercream.

Javier and Patti read this Inuit love poem during their ceremony.

The Couple
After meeting at the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s annual Dream Date Auction in 2007, love blossomed. “We didn’t bid on each other, but we’ve been together ever since,” says Patricia.

The Details
The Waldorf customized a spectacular menu from apps (beef carpaccio with mustard aioli and truffled risotto bites) to dinner (seared scallops and beef tenderloin) to dessert (red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and vanilla buttercream).

The Party
Thanks to the sounds of Okyne Media, the lovebirds danced their first dance to “Flightless Bird” by Iron & Wine.